Lenasia demolitions on hold

2012-11-23 12:06

Johannesburg - The Gauteng housing department and SA Human Rights Commission have reached an agreement to halt the demolition of illegally-built houses in Lenasia.

The two parties agreed to mediation to solve the housing crisis, eNCA reported on Friday.

Earlier, Lenasia residents packed the South Gauteng High Court to hear arguments about the demolitions.

They cheered in excitement as expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema walked into the court, clad in a yellow T-shirt and flanked by former ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, who wore a suit.

Resident cheered "kgale rego emetsi" (we have been waiting for you for a long while).

And others whispered: "We are going to win the case... with Julius here." They snapped photographs and stared at Malema.

The SAHRC, representing the residents, argued that human rights were violated when the demolitions started two weeks ago. The department said the houses were built on government-owned land which was sold illegally. Buyers were given forged deeds of sale bearing the department's logo.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-23 12:20

    Demolish Luthuli House with all the ANC cadres in it.........bottom line.

      michael.horton.566790 - 2012-11-23 12:49

      They cheered and then stared at him??? WTF??? Melama is an opportunistic SOB!!! He really thinks the sun shines out his AHole! He could not even pass an easy subject as woodwork in school. Yet he feels he is the voice of the people! He only spreads hatred and diversion in SA!

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  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-23 12:22

    Oh come on reporters???? He wore a yellow t shirt and the other wore a suit? WTF is this a fashion story or a serious legal issue with the gov dept?? This has now gone on for 3 weeks: Dept of Housing please tell us: How many housing officials arrested? How many contractors/inspectors arrested? How many bank officials arrested? How many anything or anybody questioned /arrested?? Totally useless.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-11-23 12:41

    So how many Cadres got arrested for selling them the land?

  • webstorm.isp.5 - 2012-11-23 12:49

    In all fairness im glad they not just going to demolish these houses, shame man, but the courts would of ruled this way even if JM was not there, its more of a human rights thing than anything else. Only problem is these guys now think it was JM who`s responsible for the court ruling, once again, shame man

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-23 12:54

    They were barbaric anyway good to hear.

  • nomphelo.tuswa - 2012-11-23 12:57

    Trust him to be there,when there is corruption and destruction of any form.He has a magnet for controversy...God rescue the people of Lenasia from making their situation worse.

  • alex.richards.94064 - 2012-11-23 13:07

    The only reason people built their own houses is because the system was not working. And not everyone can stay in Nkandla.

  • marilyn.pride.16 - 2012-11-23 13:26

    If I go into a shop and 1 of the employees there does an illegal transaction with me without my knowledge, who's problem will that be? Isn't it the employer's responsibility to fire that employee and fully refund me, including compensation for additional costs sprouting from that transaction?

  • thozi - 2012-11-23 13:34

    The ANC has always been the Champion of the poor; like the poor President who needs several hundred millions to fix his compound - unlike the peasants who built houses for themselves. How dare they build better houses than the RDP ones and without government assistance nogal? No matter their houses were mercilessly demolished...

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-11-24 11:11

      I agree, where is the poor president now..

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      stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-23 15:17

      Also done and shared. To Hell with Zuma and the ANC.

  • Emanuel Ratshimume - 2012-11-23 14:23

    Malema is a President of the nation people joyed when he arive,thath why Zuma hate Him. Zuma can sing and dance but if Malema is not there people never give positive dance and singing.

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